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The Fall of the House of Usher - Wolf Trap Opera/Halcyon Stage

“Hacker… produced a character convincingly racked by anxiety and anguish.  He also delivered the most satisfying vocal moments of the evening.”
-Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post
June 18, 2017

“The singers acquitted themselves admirably.  Jonas Hacker’s tone and emotion were well suited to his portrayal of the neurasthenic Roderick… Hacker, especially, moved extremely well, in a duet with his dance alter ego Mariano ‘Nano’ Zamora.”
-Seth Arenstein, Washington Classical Review
June 18, 2017

Die Zauberflöte - The Academy of Vocal Arts

“Outstanding among them, tenor Jonas Hacker was the star in more ways than one… he’s an accomplished Mozartean tenor… Here, he was at the top of his game as The Magic Flute’s hero, Tamino.”
-Steve Cohen, Broad Street Review
May 4, 2017

“Tenor Jonas Hacker sang heroically as Tamino.”
-Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local
May 5, 2017

Leonore - Washington Concert Opera

“Promising younger singers made excellent contributions in the smaller roles… Jonas Hacker showed an attractive tenor voice and sure musical instincts in the comic role of Jaquino and as the First Prisoner in the Prisoners’ Chorus.”
-Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical Review
March 6, 2017

George London Foundation Finals Concert

“A pair of arias from Gounod’s Faust provided two highlights of the concert.  Tenor Jonas Hacker sang an affecting, sincere 'Salut! demeure chaste et pure.'"
-George Grella, New York Classical Review
February 18, 2017

Our Town - Fresno Grand Opera

“…I loved the quiet intensity of the acting.  Sarah Shafer (as Emily) and Jonas Hacker (as George) have a gorgeous rapport on stage, capturing both the bloom of teenage romance and the maturity of lifelong commitment.”
-Donald Munro, The Fresno Bee
January 27, 2017

Dallas Opera's Institute for Women Conductors Concert

“Lyric tenor Jonas Hacker and soprano Kirsten MacKinnon were both impressive and would shine even brighter as the evening progressed.”
-Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones North Texas Performing Arts News
December 18, 2016

Washington Concert Opera 30th Anniversary Concert 

“The discovery of the evening was the young tenor Jonas Hacker, currently studying in Philadelphia. Hacker sang the tenor line of the beloved male duet from Bizet’s ‘Les pecheurs de perles’ with Arrey taking the baritone part…  Hacker has an attractive voice, a steady technique and a flair for the simple elegant line. He began with an expository, narrative approach, and the duet unfolded as effective story telling rather than mere melodic indulgence. It was a short introduction to a young singer, but one that inspires hope of great things.”
-Philip Kennicott, Art Critic for The Washington Post and contributor to Opera News
September 19, 2016

“Wisconsin-born tenor Jonas Hacker, a current scholar at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts and one of America’s most promising young singers, and Chilean baritone Javier Arrey… offered a handsome account of ‘Au fond du temple saint’ from Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles.  For listeners in whose esteem the recording of the duet by Jussi Björling and Rober Merrill remains the gold standard, Hacker’s and Arrey’s performance gave no reason for disappointment, the tenor’s fresh, youthful tone and bright, ringing upper register not unlike Björling’s.”
-Joseph Newsome, Voix des Arts
September 19, 2016

“Bolstering the men’s side of the equation very respectably were two younger singers in the famous duet from Bizet’s ‘Pearl Fishers’… The young tenor Jonas Hacker was sweetly earnest.”
-Anne Midgette, The Washington Post
September 19, 2016

L'Opera seria - Wolf Trap Opera

“Notable, too, was the light, smooth tenor and suave phrasing from tenor Jonas Hacker as the nerdy composer Sospiro.”
-Tim Smith, Opera News Online Exclusive
July 17, 2016

Elijah - Columbus Symphony

“Jonas Marcel Hacker’s warm, expressive delivery, especially in his aria ‘If with all your hearts,’ was a moving complement to Elijah’s confidence.”
-Lynn Green, The Columbus Dispatch
April 1, 2016

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert

“The tenor Jonas Hacker… came back with a selection from Delibes’s ‘Lakmé’ that allowed the sweetness of his tone to unfold freely.”
-Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times
March 14, 2016

Don Giovanni - The Academy of Vocal Arts

“Jonas Hacker’s Il mio tesoro (‘My treasure’) was elegant, with an unusual combination of ringing tone and amazingly-extended phrases, such as the scale passage just before the return of the main melody’s second chorus.  In major opera houses this part has sounded anemic, or dry, or choppy compared to Hacker’s lovely rendition.”
-Steve Cohen, Broad Street Review
November 10, 2015

“Jonas Hacker ably navigated the often-badly-sung arias of Don Ottavio.”
-David Patrick Stearns, philly.com
Nov 11, 2015

Die Fledermaus - Concert Operetta Theater

“Jonas Hacker used his ringing tenor to personify Rosalinda’s arrogant lover, Alfred.”
-Steve Cohen, Broad Street Review
May 19, 2015

“Jonas Hacker’s Alfredo-the-Tenor and soprano Anush Avetisyan as guest singer at Orlofsky’s party demonstrated why they are resident artists at super-selective AVA.”
-Susan Gould, Broad Street Review
June 16, 2015

Così fan tutte – Annapolis Opera

“Tenor Jonas Hacker, in the role of Ferrando, handles his duties with aplomb, notably in a disarming ‘Un’aura amorosa,’ in which he creates considerable vocal drama.”
-Mary Johnson, The Baltimore Sun
March 19, 2015